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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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El Anatsui: 'Five Decades'

Michael Young Art Asia Pacific 2 February 2016
EL ANATSUI, 'Open(ing) Market (detail)', 2004, metal, paper, paint and wood, 1,755 pieces total, approx. 8 × 8 m. Installed for “El Anatsui: Five Decades” at Carriageworks, Sydney, 2016. Photo by Michael Young for ArtAsiaPacific. 

The multicolored shirt that Ghana-born, Nigeria-based artist El Anatsui was wearing at the launch of his first Australian solo show, 'El Anatsui: Five Decades' at Sydney’s Carriageworks, clashed harshly with his multicolored monumental sculptures, which hung in elegant swags within the venue’s industrial space like shimmering medieval tapestries. While Anatsui’s works—each one made from thousands of linked bottle tops—coalesce into subtle, aesthetically satisfying color drifts, his shirt, in stark contrast, screamed for attention.

'El Anatsui: Five Decades' is, nonetheless, a remarkable survey of contemporary art by an artist who has taken the global art world by storm in recent years. In Susan Vogel’s documentary on Anatsui, Fold Crumple Crush (2011), his work has been succinctly summed up by the distinguished art critic Robert Storr as the “recycling of industrial production into something that is completely transcendental, made out of junk.”

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